Wisconsin is more voter friendly than many other states when it comes to the recall process, much to the chagrin of the ruling Fitzgerald brothers who have stated that the bar for the process should be set higher with the commission of a crime. This is no surprise coming from an administration that has demonstrated less than respectful credence to our State Constitution and has already been taken to Court for over reaching the rights of the people it protects.
Photo The Fitzgerald brothers enthroned in the legislature.
The Walker administration clearly seeks to maintain control of the legislature, the process, and the people in order to exact an agenda that has been clearly rejected by the majority of Wisconsinites and the Country.
Fortunately in Wisconsin, no justification is required to file a recall petition. Consequently, the Republican Party is attempting to recall some of the state’s Democratic senators at the same time the Democratic Party is trying to recall the Republican senators. If most of the petition drives are successful, much of the Wisconsin Senate could be up for election… in an off-year.
Article XIII of the Wisconsin State Constitution spells out the process, procedures, and time frame for recall of elected officials. Here’s a summary of the provisions:
* Recalls of any elected official may be launched after the official has served one year in office. Recall organizers do not have to show that the official they wish to recall has committed wrongdoing.
* Recall attempts only move forward if enough valid signatures are collected. The minimum number is equivalent to twenty-five percent of the persons voting for governor in the last election in the jurisdiction where the elected official is serving (in this case, Senate districts).
* If enough signatures are collected, a recall election is scheduled for the sixth week after the date of the filing of the petition. (or mid June)
* If multiple candidates from the same party file for the recall election, a “recall primary” is held during the week previously mentioned. (mid-June)
* The actual recall election is held four weeks after the “recall primary”, if there is one. Each party is represented by its nominees.(or mid-July if there is a primary)
* The person who receives the highest number of votes in the recall election is elected for the remainder of the term.
You can read Article XVIII’s seven provisions for yourself at the Wisconsin Legislature’s website. They’re not too difficult to understand. Read XVIII of State Constitution
Three Seats Needed to Flip Walker Regime
Wisconsin Democrats only need to flip three seats to regain control of the state Senate and establish a bulwark against Scott Walker’s regime. If all eight of their signature drives are successful, they could lose more than half of the recall elections and still take back the state Senate.
No surprise either in the 32nd (southeastern Wisconsin, straddling the Minnesota and Iowa borders), the state’s bluest district to be held by a Republican. Incumbent Dan Kapanke faces a 55-41 deficit against a Democratic challenger. President Obama won the district 61-38.
In the 18th (Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and surroundings), Republican incumbent Randy Hopper faces a 44-49 deficit against a generic Democrat. Polling by SurveyUSA last week paints an even direr picture for Hopper — trailing 43-54. Petition canvassers in the district claim that his estranged wife and maid signed the recall petition, although his current 25 year old mistress remains a supporter. Whether those rumors are true or not, it’s clear that this is the second best pickup opportunity for Democrats in this recall effort. They need just one more.
A pair of polls were released detailing the extent of his political peril. One conducted for Daily Kos, PPP, which showed Hopper in extreme danger of recall. Our polling had Hopper’s job approval underwater at 38/47, with only 33% in his district in opposition to his recall. If the election were held today, Hopper would fall to a generic Democratic foe.
In the 14th (central Wisconsin, Marquette), Republican Luther Olsen will be fighting for his political life, trailing a generic Democrat 49-47. Obama won the district 52-47.
In two more districts, Republicans lead narrowly, but are under 50 percent: In the 10th (St. Croix, northwestern Wisconsin), Sheila Harsdorf holds a 48-44 lead, while in the 2nd (northeastern Wisconsin, outside Green Bay), Rob Cowles holds a mere 45-43 lead. Obama won both districts narrowly.
Finally, Democrats are within striking range in the 8th (Milwaukee’s northern suburbs), where incumbent Republican Alberta Darling holds a single-digit lead — 52-44.